Good News, Bad News

The good news is my article this month previews some of the upcoming year’s great curriculum! The bad news is this already signals that fall is in our view. As someone who loves warm weather and sunshine, that is hard to fathom. Nevertheless the change of season can not be stopped so we might as […]

Poverty is Over?

President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers declared on Thursday that America’s long-running war on poverty ‘is largely over and a success,’ as it made the case for imposing new work requirements on Americans who benefit from federal safety net programs.” July 12, 2018 – New York Times. This headline caught my attention for a number […]

From Survive to Thrive

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou Recently, I came to the realization that I’ve been operating in what I would call “survival mode” for a long time, like three years or maybe more. […]

Children’s Ministry News

We are just a month away from heading back to school, beginning fall schedules, and rebooting all of our ministry programs here at Shepherd of the Hills. I am getting very excited for seeing everyone back together again on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Here is a quick preview and some important dates as we […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

What do you do with the mad that you feel When you feel so mad you could bite? When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong… And nothing you do seems very right? What do you do? Do you punch a bag? Do you pound some clay or some dough? Do you round up […]

Sinners and Saints: Death, Addictions and Extended Families

There have been many emotionally difficult moments this past month or so. Each one reminding me that we are all both sinners and saints. So much that I bought a barn wood sign with the gifts (fruits) of the spirit on it and hung it in my bedroom where I see it last before going […]

Tapestry Ministries Update

Dear Beloved People of SOTH, It has been our joy and our pleasure to partner with you over these last three years. The Spirit has led us to vibrant and lovely ministries which allow us build bridges AND cross them in our own faith community, in our neighborhood, and in our larger church body. We […]

Living with Pride Everyday

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139 June is a special month in the LGBTQ community. In the United States and in many other countries around the world, it is the month dedicated to being public and proud of who we are. There are parades, festivals, celebrations, and parties all […]

The reign of God, dandelions and all…

I like my neighbors. None of us are particularly into our yards. Sure we mow them. Sure once in a while we lay down a little fertilizer, and every now and again we spray some weed killer, but for the most part, we’re just happy to mow whatever grows and be done with it. As […]

What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living

“What Mortality can teach us about living” was the title of a talk I attended by Dr. Ira Byock in April. I went because I was intrigued by the title, own a couple of his books and like much of what he has to say. It’s not rocket science but he gets to what is important…which […]